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Another Perspective

Posted: March 31st, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Let’s focus on some time conversion here.  Psalm 90:4for a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night“.  I doubt that I’m alone in feeling that the Lord’s “answering” of prayers often seems to be an excruciatingly long wait or at least a delayed process. Although we’ve come to understand that our Lord’s discernment knows what we seek and more importantly what we need, better than we do, the waiting still tries our patience and sometimes our faith.   Patience is a constantly diminishing cultural perspective for us.  As technology and related expectations grow, our patience wains. Imagine living 5,000 years ago, when you felt the pangs of hunger, you might have had to go hunting or even worse, wait until the next harvest before you could appease that hunger. Today we have fast food or a 30 minute pizza delivery. How about news, historically that only moved as fast as the person who was carrying it.  Today an alarm sounds on a smart phone for any world news that we’ve shown a casual interest in. Imagine what this does to our tolerance for patience.

God’s time frames are quite different than ours.  He is fast and amazingly responsive. The verse from Psalm 90 above puts some perspective into play for us. It might not have made as much sense 3,000 years ago as it does today, but the Bible’s adaptability is amazing.  100 of our years, isn’t even a full day by God’s time standard, more like two hours.  Let’s say that we pray for something each day for a year.  At the end of that year we realize the answer to those prayers. By God’s watch, that response time is actually about the same as it takes us to just call in and order a pizza, forget the delivery. God reminds us that He’s consistent, He always keeps His word and that his world is not our world, yet. In fact our world is just a tiny little speck of His world. Proverbs 19:11 reminds us that “A man’s wisdom gives him patience” and when asked (in Job 28:20), “Where then does wisdom come from“?   Job 28:23 answers, “God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells…“. Our impatience with time should never abridge or diminish our faith. God’s timelessness, wisdom and patience with us should be the model of tolerance we also embrace and cherish! Our perspective on time is distorted by our short lives, while God’s is perfect from every vantage point.

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All Else is Nothing

Posted: March 28th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (3)

If you virtually “owned” only one thing in your life, how important would that single possession be to you? I might be crawling out on brittle limb here, but if I was answering that question, I’d take really good care of that one possession. In fact I might take it with me every where I go. Most of us have so much over the course of our lives that we pick and choose which are valuable to us and which… read more

HE Made Us Smile

Posted: March 25th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (2)

I’ve never heard of anyone who chooses the bible for a good laugh. Of  the things that God does for us each day, gut tickling laughter isn’t among them, or is it? Let’s start with the building blocks of life, DNA. God thought that up and spoke it into existence. Now I can’t say which one of those ladder steps signals amusement but I’m pretty sure God knows. Because laughter doesn’t require a cure or healing, it’s not a priority… read more

The Road Home

Posted: March 24th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

As I watch my dog twitch and listen to his muffled sleepy yips, I conclude that we are not alone in our dreaming capabilities, even if we are alone in our dreams. Both the conscious and subconscious regions of our minds reach out for something more, something different from that which our ordinary days offer us. We dream of opportunities and relationships lost, of chances never forthcoming, of yesterday and tomorrow, of mistakes and accidents, we dream of life as… read more

Great Influences

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Frederick Law Olmstead may be the most renowned Landscape Architect in the United States. He’s been credited with a great many natural landscaping achievements which still flourish, more than 100 years after his death. Among many other projects, Frederick designed New York City’s Central Park, the magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the University of California Berkley and the University of Chicago campuses. He even worked on the landscaping around the U.S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Would it surprise… read more

What’s God Offering?

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (2)

Yeah, absolutely, I totally get the heaven thing, eternal life, you know, but I don’t get why you believe I need to get seriously into the God thing now? I mean that other stuff all comes later, what’s God offering today? I have to live this life first … right?  Does this sound or seem vaguely familiar? Do you hang with a group that never (ever) talks about God? Or if you wanted to talk about God would it be… read more

Commitment

Posted: March 21st, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Do you know what “believing” means? Are you sure? The simple definition means that we accept something as true or real. Next question, how committed are you to those truths or reality? For example, are you so committed to any life truth or reality that you would willingly die to prove that truth rather than to simply deny or reject it to save your life? If you’re like most, there aren’t very many, if any, situations where our beliefs are… read more

Did Anyone Ask God?

Posted: March 19th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments (2)

Daylight savings time? Who had this idea to save time? Time is not a thing or object that can be saved. Said simply: we still sleep and work the same number of hours. We still; eat, rest, play, learn, laugh and cry the same number of times that we would on standard time. Our days are still 24 hours long. We can’t change time, so we choose to rearrange it, view it differently. God made winter days shorter and summer… read more

Don’t Be Misled

Posted: March 17th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (4)

“If it feels good it must be right,” isn’t scripture, it’s a carrot on a string, supported by a pole held firmly by the prince of darkness. Don’t be misled.

Survivors

Posted: March 16th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (8)

What does it really mean to be God’s called, chosen and faithful? In a spiritual context, these are three very significant prerequisites for a hard to land role in the big show with the big guy.